Gene profiling reveals hydrogen sulphide recruits death signaling via the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor identifying commonalities with excitotoxicity

Chen, M. J. et al. (2011) Gene profiling reveals hydrogen sulphide recruits death signaling via the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor identifying commonalities with excitotoxicity. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 226(5), pp. 1308-1322. (doi:10.1002/jcp.22459)

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Recently the role of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) as a gasotransmitter stimulated wide interest owing to its involvement in Alzheimer's disease and ischemic stroke. Previously we demonstrated the importance of functional ionotropic glutamate receptors (GluRs) by neurons is critical for H2S-mediated dose- and time-dependent injury. Moreover N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antagonists abolished the consequences of H2S-induced neuronal death. This study focuses on deciphering the downstream effects activation of NMDAR on H2S-mediated neuronal injury by analyzing the time-course of global gene profiling (5, 15, and 24 h) to provide a comprehensive description of the recruitment of NMDAR-mediated signaling. Microarray analyses were performed on RNA from cultured mouse primary cortical neurons treated with 200 µM sodium hydrosulphide (NaHS) or NMDA over a time-course of 5–24 h. Data were validated via real-time PCR, western blotting, and global proteomic analysis. A substantial overlap of 1649 genes, accounting for over 80% of NMDA global gene profile present in that of H2S and over 50% vice versa, was observed. Within these commonly occurring genes, the percentage of transcriptional consistency at each time-point ranged from 81 to 97%. Gene families involved included those related to cell death, endoplasmic reticulum stress, calcium homeostasis, cell cycle, heat shock proteins, and chaperones. Examination of genes exclusive to H2S-mediated injury (43%) revealed extensive dysfunction of the ubiquitin-proteasome system. These data form a foundation for the development of screening platforms and define targets for intervention in H2S neuropathologies where NMDAR-activated signaling cascades played a substantial

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Melendez Romero, Dr Alirio
Authors: Chen, M. J., Peng, Z. F., Manikandan, J., Melendez Romero, A. J., Tan, G. S., Chung, C. M., Li, Q.-T., Tan, T. M., Deng, L. W., Whiteman, M., Beart, P. M., Moore, P. K., and Cheung, N. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Journal of Cellular Physiology
Journal Abbr.:J. Cell Physiol.
ISSN (Online):1097-4652
Published Online:22 February 2011
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
462311Therapeutic potential of Sphingosine Kinase blockage in allergic anaphylaxis.Alirio Melendez RomeroMedical Research Council (MRC)G0700794Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation